I was born on Oahu in 1955, of Hawaiian-Chinese ancestry, an only child to Helen and Charles Fong. My Hawaiian grandpa named me from a prophesy dream – Mele Nani – meaning beautiful song in Hawaiian. I grew up playing piano, ukulele, and guitar, singing, and hula dancing. All our family parties involved making music. My cousins taught me to surf at the neighboring beach at Diamond Head.
(Photo taken with Dad at Ulu Mau Village, Oahu, 1955.)